We have initiated an ongoing exploratory project with the residents of the Governor Clinton Apartments, a HUD/Section 8 senior housing complex in Kingston. We are working with a group of elders in a Story and Songwriting circle that encourages a deeper dialogue among residents about their lives, and the opportunity to write a song together to share with the whole community. In the fall of 2015, five residents performed a collaborative song at the December Holiday Party. The group is facilitated by songwriter Elly Wininger.
We intend to build on this project to include RUPCO senior housing centers in Kingston and other subsidized senior housing developments. We are currently fundraising to work with a mix of diverse individuals and groups in these centers, and to produce a concert to share these songs with the entire Kingston community.
“I was deeply touched by the SageArts event on Sunday. Too often, elders are relegated to the background in today’s fast-paced world. We have so much to learn from their vast experience and stories. The confluence of music and elders’ stories is a perfect fit.”
– Brinton Baker